OoL digest — December 13th edition
This week in ool research we have three astrobiology papers, three in biochemistry and two in planetary science. In astrobiology, Seager presents a suite of mission concepts to study habitability on Venus, Tomita-Yokotani investigates cell survival during the Tanpopo ISS mission, and Yiğit discusses atmospheric escapes that affected Mars’ habitability. In biochemistry, Fraccia investigates light-responsive reactive coacervates as a route to the non-enzymatic synthesis of polynucleotides, Sauer discusses the formation of the peptide world on early Earth, and Wimmer analyzes the energetics of LUCA. Finally, in planetary science Havig analyzes the elemental composition of hot spring biocumulus, and Mojzsis discusses the ingredients of a rocky planet in the context of geoastronomy. Happy reading!
Venus Life Finder Mission Study – Seager et al. – preprint
Investigation of Nostoc sp. HK-01, Cell Survival over Three Years during the Tanpopo Mission – Tomita-Yokotani et al. – Astrobiology
Martian water escape and internal waves – Yiğit – Science
From amino acid mixtures to peptides in liquid sulphur dioxide on early Earth – Sauer et al. – Nature Communications
Energy at Origins: Favorable Thermodynamics of Biosynthetic Reactions in the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) – Wimmer et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology